Sashimi Lovers, Fukuoka Should Be Your Next Food Destination

The fish here are always fresh!

Fukuoka isn’t just known for
its many cafes and award-winning cheesecake, but also its fish! If you’re a fan of sushi, sashimi, or just about any fish dish, here are five restaurants you have to check out!

Maguroya Napoleon

This tavern is built along Taisho-dori Street, and is known as one of the finest go-to places for fish cuisine in Fukuoka.

The owner, who is a broker from the Nagahama Fish Market, has mastered the art of carefully selecting locally produced seafood to make a variety of dishes. Among those you can’t miss out on is the specialty tuna cuisine with Bluefin tuna purchased from Amami-Oshima and Iki-Tsushima. 

Maguroya Napoleon doesn’t only serve the classic nigiri-zushi and sashimi either, but also the Napoleon Set (¥1,940), which consists of medium fatty tuna, sea urchin, and salmon roe; the Maguro Shusse-mori (¥1,940), which serves two or three people with four or five types of sashimi, such as super fatty tuna and medium fatty tuna; and the oily tuna that you scrape directly from the bone, Maguro no Nakaochi (¥2,700 yen), which serves three or four people. 

When purchasing a bluefin tuna, you might even get a chance to catch a tuna cutting show as well. With so many things going on at Maguroya Napoleon, no wonder it’s filled with crowds of customers every day! 

Maguroya Napoleon is located at Akasaka 1-6-23, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka.

Uosuke Shokudo Fukuoka PARCO Branch

Since its reopening in March 2017, people have been talking about the restaurant’s Mega-mori Buffet, which sources its fish directly from the Nagahama Fresh Fish Market.

You get to choose three different size servings: Regular (250 g / ¥1,058), Medium (300 g / ¥1,382), and Large (500 g / ¥1,598). Then you can pick one of the four daily special sashimi, such as tuna, yellowtail, red snapper, and bonito to put as much of in your bowl. However, you’re only allowed to have one round, so make sure to get as many as you can from the get-go.

In addition to the raw soy sauce, sauces such as sesame sauce, Gochujang sauce, and Chokojujan sauce, are also available in the buffet corner, so you can make your favorite seasoning. What’s more, there are free miso soup and up to eight kinds of daily special side dishes such as macaroni salad and gratin.

Uosuke Shokudo Fukuoka PARCO Branch is located at Fukuoka PARCO New Building B2, Tenjin 2-11-1, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka.

Hakata-gyoka Isogai Tenjin Store

Hakata-gyoka Isogai Tenjin Store
is located very close to the Nishitetsu Fukuoka (Tenjin) Station. The seafood tavern has a reputation for offering fresh fish from Fukuoka at a low price. 

They pride of their fresh fish as their representative, Mr. Toshiyuki Suetsugu, can go bid directly to two of Fukuoka’s fish markets, Nagahama and Meinohama. Since then, the store has stayed true to their commitment to serve only the freshest pick on the day itself.

Isogai’s 6 Kinds of Sashimi (¥2,916 for 2 persons) with red snapper, shrimp and seasonal fish cut into thick slices is very filling. The plump texture and the richness and sweetness of the fish are irresistible. Aside from this, the store offers 50 kinds of dishes, ranging from sake-steamed dishes to charcoal-grilled ones, such as the Ganso Tsubodai Miso-yaki (a miso-grilled boarfish, ¥1,058), which is plump and seasoned with Saikyo miso.

Hakata-gyoka Isogai Tenjin Store is located at Nishitetsu Imaizumi Building 1F, Imaizumi 1-12-23, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka.

Narumino Yakuin Store

A popular live fish specialty store, Narumino Yakuin Store is run by the long-established Maruyoshi Fishery, which has been around for three generations in Oita. Here, you can eat fresh fish at affordable prices in a luxurious space with a view of a Japanese-style garden.

The fish is sourced directly from the Bungo Channel, which is known for growing high quality fish with firm meat in tight flowing tide. Furthermore, fish swim in the restaurant’s fish tank until an order is placed.

The menu includes Simmered Red Snapper (¥931), which is cooked with rich sweetness; Funa-mori (¥10,000); Assortment of Chef’s Selection (¥1,406), Sushi (¥209 for one piece including amberjack; Salt-Grilled Yellowtail Collar (¥907); Grilled Turban Shell (¥646) and so on. Also, brand fish such as Bungo Horse Mackerel and Bungo Mackerel can be eaten here.

Narumino Yakuin Store is located at Yakuin 1-6-20, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka.

Hakata Furusato Cuisine Gyoson

Gyoson, a popular Japanese cuisine restaurant in Daimyo, relocated in Akasaka, Fukuoka in 2016. Now known as Hakata Furusato Cuisine Gyoson is run by store owner, Koji Hino, who has more than 40 years’ experience in Japanese cuisine.

The store gathers local foodies every night by serving wild fish purchased from the Nagahama Fish Market every morning as well as fish sent directly from Orono-shima. Sometimes, they would even go to Karatsu (Saga Prefecture) to purchase fish, Itoshima to purchase vegetables, and as far as Mitsuse to draw spring water. 

To fully enjoy these fresh ingredients, order the Mai (¥2,700), which includes thick, plump sashimi, grilled fish or boiled fish, fried food, and whatever happens to be "the most delicious fish" of the season. Western-style dishes, such as Seafood Gratin (¥1,058), and Motsunabe (¥1,296) using Japanese beef are also popular.

Hakata Furusato cuisine Gyoson is located at Liberty Akasaka 2F, Akasaka 1-1-18, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka.

Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kyushu Walker™(9 April 2018)

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